Workshops

My upcoming workshops are always listed here, as well as a comprehensive list of my recent and past teaching. Due to Covid-19 measures, all in-person workshops have been postponed since April 2020, and at time of writing (January 2021) we still don’t know when these restrictions will end in the UK, let alone elsewhere. Online workshops are being filmed right now, and the first offering will be in April when Paul Kingsnorth and I will be running our Wild Twins course online. I will post the details and joining info here by the end of January 2021. After that, expect online versions of all my courses. The filming is taking a bit of time, but will be worth it. 

Meanwhile, keep an eye on @foundandground on Instagram, as I am posting lots of little how to clips there in the meantime.

Inclusivity: All people are welcome to my classes, whatever your background, nationality, race, gender, sexuality, age, fitness, size, livelihood, ability, beliefs, or any other signifying quality. Sometimes I have to teach under 16s separately from adults, unless their parent or guardian is with them, to conform to UK safeguarding laws. If you have any questions as to your ability to join in my classes and courses you are warmly invited to get in touch.

2021

Wild Twins online details to follow Jan 2021

Coming up again in 2021: Natural watercolour making from scratch, join me for a morning of making paints from ochres, gum and honey, taking  home a set of beautiful colours in traditional mussel shells. All materials and refreshments provided. £50 10am-1pm, date TBC due to Covid. This class ran on 8th and 9th February 2020, Class size 5.

Other courses which will run again soon

Wild Inks in the City, at Dark Mountain event How We Walk Through The Fire, at Bristol’s The Cube cinema, Morning of Sunday 19th April, 2020, Ink making and foraging walk, postponed.

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Wild Inks In Sweden

Ink making and wild paints

Last ran 10th March 2020 at Cemus Uppsala, Sweden. Details here.

Two further ink workshops open to all were on evenings of 11th and 12th March in Western Sweden with Sakum.

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Watercolours made from entirely natural materials

Natural watercolour making from scratch, join me for a morning of making paints from ochres, gum and honey, taking  home a set of beautiful colours in traditional mussel shells.

All materials and refreshments provided. £50 10am-1pm, date TBC.

This class ran on 8th February 2020, and on 9th as well. Class size 5.

Advanced watercolour-making follows on from this, where you will learn to make artist quality paints and fill half-pans for your set. This is a whole day 5 hour course with lunch included. Next dates TBC.

Oak gall ink and quill workshop

Oak gall ink making at my studio near Hampton Court, UK. We had two mornings in November 2019 of making wonderful black ink from local galls and gums, as well as quills and brushes. Students went away with a full set of brushes and pens plus ink, ready to draw with. Get in touch for the next dates in 2021. 

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Some of my hand painted buckskin

Painting on buckskin, leather, parchment, next date TBC

Last ran, 10am-1pm 25th January 2020, £50, all materials and refreshments provided.

This gives you all the skills and materials you need to decorate suede and buckskin with permanent designs. Class size 5.

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Showing the different parts of a feather for quill-making

Wild Inks in Sweden 

This was last hosted by A School Called Home and Sakum. I taught an evening of ink and quill making, as well as simple natural paints. I’ll be returning in March 2020 for more classes.

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My basket of hand made sketchbooks, quills, ink and brushes awaiting the first Wild Twins.

Wild Twins ran again in May 2019, a magical workshop I teach with writer Paul Kingsnorth for writers and artists of all kinds. We aim to re-wild our work in this place at Europe’s far Atlantic edge and bring words and images together, and let them run loose over the rocks by the sea shore. Click here for details. It will run again in 2021 online after a year off in 2020 due to Covid and commitments.

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Life drawing classes in Hampton Court

Life drawing tuition: For a year from October 2018 I taught monthly life drawing sessions with a professional model at Canela Cafe in Hampton Court, Each last Tuesday of the month. A fun session for all, we covered all sorts of styles, exercises and poses. I teach life drawing at events and organisations all over the UK.

During Spring and Autumn 2017 I taught on Fire and Shadow, an eight month long Dark Mountain course. We made archaic materials out in the wild, and took as much time in making them around the fire as using them. So much nowadays is instant, it’s like a running commentary in everyone’s heads, reflected on their devices. These materials slowed us down, in the best way, we become absorbed in the moment: art and writing at walking pace. It was a great pleasure to work with Way Of Nature UK . Making quills and oak gall ink in Alladale, Scotland, then writing in our hand made books, which brought back the sound of the scriptorium to our modern ears, a lost sound, regained by our work together as we wrote. In Romania I brought ochre, chalk and charcoal and we worked with the alchemical triad of red, black and white, alongside the story of The Lindwurm, which worked it magic on us in the wilds of this beautiful place. Thanks to photographer Natasha Lythgoe for the use of some of her photos below, as tagged.

Bark boxes & buckskin and felt pouches, July 2017, Tynagh.

Natural Materials, quill pens and brushes, The Happy Pig, January 2017

Colour Theory: In May 2018 I taught a special afternoon of colour theory to home schooled children and their parents at The Happy Pig, in west Ireland. 2 peaceful fun hours of colour mixing and matching using gouache, leading to a good basic understanding of what colour is, how to mix that colour you want, and keep your colours clean and bright, when you want to. In January 2017 I taught a primitive and natural paints and brushes workshop at An Teach Soar (The Happy Pig) in Ireland. I returned in July to teach bark containers, pouch-making from natural materials and other prim-tech art kit topics. Also here I have taught inks and paint-making with the children and their families. So many art materials were made by all. Mark Boyle, whose place it was, wrote kindly about me and the workshop in his wonderful book The Way Home.

Earlier: In the 1990s I taught as a visiting Painting tutor at Degree courses in Norwich and Sunderland, as well as on the BTEC at Bournemouth. For three years from 2000 I taught life drawing in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire both in FE and Adult Education, until I moved back to England. I also taught art, painting and crafts to groups of both younger and older children near Huntly.  I have since taught several more life drawing workshops for adults in the North East of Scotland, as well as private classes in and around London.

Come and learn: I have an ongoing, current enhanced DBS Disclosure certificate which allows me to work with children and people with special needs, or vulnerable adults. I greatly enjoy passing on what I have learned and practised. Please get in touch if you would like me to run a session for you, your group or business. Topics could include drawing from the figure, still life, drawing outdoors, colour theory, sketch-booking, a huge selection of natural and primitive materials production and use, as well as many other related crafts. All the above workshops will be running again after Covid restrictions are lifted.